‘Who needs the Bahamas when you’ve got the Borders?’ is a question often heard in the Big Deal offices.
Visitors to Peebles are unlikely to top up their tans. However, what the Borders lack in high temperatures they more than make up for in character, history and natural beauty.
Take up today’s Big Deal with the Mercure Eddlestone Barony Castle Hotel – it’s a cosy venue for a winter break and a great base from which to explore one of Scotland’s most colourful regions.
Easy access from Central Belt
Located by Peebles, just seventeen miles south of Edinburgh and within easy reach of Glasgow, the hotel is very convenient for a relaxing overnight break.
This chilled winter offer is for two people to enjoy an overnight stay in a double or twin room.
The offer includes a £23 spend per person on food in the hotel’s Blue Dug restaurant and a full Scottish breakfast is also part of the deal.
In addition, guests can look forward to making full use of the hotel’s thermal spa experience.
On top of all that, guests can also use a 25% discount on beauty treatments.
Guests can upgrade to a Privilege Room for a £15 supplement or Junior Suite for a £60 supplement.
16th century tower house
Now privately owned, Mercure Eddlestone Barony Castle Hotel was originally a 16th century tower house built by the Murrays of Blackbarony.
Sitting pretty in 25 acres of lush gardens, the grand exterior still looks like a fairytale castle but the Barony has been considerably altered since then. Not least in the introduction of all the modern comforts which you would expect to find in a 21st century hotel.
There is free WiFi in all of the hotel’s 78 ensuite rooms along with satellite TV and a hot drinks tray.
Guests can enjoy full use of the hotel’s leisure facilities including the thermal spa. Featuring a swimming pool, heated loungers, experience showers, swan necks, sauna and spa bath, it’s the perfect place to melt away the stress of everyday life.
The spa also offers a range of beauty treatments such as facials, hot stone massage and manicures. Big Deal bookers enjoy a 25% discount on beauty treatments taken during their stay.
The hotel’s Blue Dug Restaurant is a contemporary space which plays with the building’s past history thanks to little touches like the antler light fittings.
Serving dishes from around the world, the restaurant has just been given a Healthy Living Award.
Typical dishes include starters such as the wood pigeon on a bed of beetroot and morel mushrooms; the confit duck leg and the traditional prawn cocktail.
Among the main courses, the steaks are always a hit as are the Blue Dug burger and the seared fillet of sea bass on garlic crushed potatoes and steamed greens.
After eating, guests can enjoy a nightcap in the welcoming bar.
Mountain biking fans will know the fantastic Glentress woodland trails are a short drive away. The hotel has mountain bikes which are free for guests to use – perfect for exploring the trails in the hotel grounds.
There is also a games room with a large screen TV, pool table and
Previous guests have been very enthusiastic with the hotel staff often receiving special mention for the warmth of their welcome. This is what a recent guest had to say on TripAdvisor:
‘Having stayed at the Barony Castle Hotel in May 2013, I decided to check in again. No regrets!! What a lovely setting, the Castle is in some amazing gardens and has top notch facilities. I stayed for three nights, and from start to finish really enjoyed my stay. The staff are all very helpful & friendly. I was in room 217 on this occasion, it was slightly smaller than the room I had on the 1st floor on my previous stay, however it still had everything I could possibly need. A nice bathroom & some lovely freebie soaps & shower gels. I made full use of the gym & sauna facilities…’
Throw away the sun tan lotion; dig out a scarf and get ready to make the most of this Big Deal getaway to the Barony Castle Hotel.
It’s the perfect venue for a romantic, winter break and very easy to get to from Glasgow or Edinburgh.